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>> couric: tonight, a nation mourns. >> i'll tell you candidly, this was a kick in the gut. >> couric: fort hood comes together. >> when one hurts, we all hurt. >> couric: and pays tripout to the 13 men and women who lost their lives. >> that family lost their gem. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, the fort hood suspect. scene wearing a muslim prayer robe hours before the massacre. new details about his opposition to america's wars and what could have motivated them to attack his fellow soldiers. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone.
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he's an army psychiatrist deeply opposed to america's wars and now accused of committing one of the worst attacks ever at a military base on u.s. soil. tonight, we're learning more about major nidal mailk hasan who authorities say opened fire on fellow soldiers at fort hood in killeen, texas, yesterday. this was a day of mourning at the base where 12 soldiers and one civilian were killed in the massacre at a soldier readiness center. some were about to deploy overseas, others had just returned home. authorities now say 34 people were wounded, including hasan, who was initially counted among the dead. he's in critical but stable condition and has been moved to the brook army medical center in san antonio. thisa day of mourning at fort hd which has seen many of its soldiers head off to war never expecting to be attacked on their own base. our team of correspondents is covering every angle of this story, including every angle of the investigation. we begin with dean reynolds at fort hood and, dean, what's the
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latest? >> reporter: katie, fort hood is still reeling from this rampage and urgently asking how one of their own could possibly be to blame. at 1:34 p.m., 24 hours after the shooting, american soldiers fell silent for a moment of tribute to their comrades. even as intense interest was trained on one man now in a coma at a texas hospital and the mind-set behind the carnage. >> this was a kick in the gut. not only for fort... the fort hood community but also for our entire army. >> reporter: the dead ranged in age from 18 to 62 and included francheska velez of chicago, three months pregnant and just back from iraq. >> everybody pretty much had one or more gunshot wounds. i'd say probably half had multiple gunshot wounds. and, so, you know, they were shot everywhere. >> reporter: the family of the suspect, army doctor nidal mailk hasan, seen here attending a washington conference on homeland security earlier this year, expressed shock and those who knew and worked with him at
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fort hood said they hard a hard time believing the 39-year-old psychiatrist could have turned murderously violent in an instant. >> he was a quiet gentleman. he was not someone who necessarily would seek the limelight. >> reporter: but there were recent signs that, if added together, might now be seen as a warning. cbs news has confirmed hasan's internet posting of earlier this year in which he speaks of muslim suicide as heroic and how, if one suicide bomber can kill #00 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard, that would be considered a strategic victory. f.b.i. and army investigators have seized his computer now and are combing through his trash to see what else masur physician-assisted suicide. his... his wearing of devout muslim clothing seen here on a security camera the day of the shooting and his decision the day before to hand over most of his earthly possessions to a next door neighbor. should that have raised red flags. >> if people did actually know or observe behaviors or comments that were alarming and didn't
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take any action, that i will be held accountable. >> reporter: today, more details surfaced about what went on in the room, what investigators are calling a shooting gallery. thursday afternoon, about 300 soldiers were gathered in the soldier readiness center here awaiting medical checkups in preparation for deployment overseas when witnesses said the suspect allegedly shouted to the crowd "god is great" in arabic. he then opened fire using a powerful handgun popular with mexican drug cartels. the gunfire lasted just three minutes before civilian policewoman kimberly munley shot and hit the gunman four times. even as she herself was wounded. now, officer munley is in stable condition and cbs news correspondent bob orr in washington says federal law enforcement officials believe this whole thing was the work of a loan wolf without connection to a larger group. katie? >> couric: dean reynolds. dean, thanks very much. the f.b.i. has met with some members of hasan's family and
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today a cousin said: >> couric: today, president obama urged americans to allow the investigation to run its course. >> we don't know all the answers yet and i would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts. >> couric: david martin is at the pentagon tonight. and, david, i know investigators have been searching for anyone who may have known major hasan. >> reporter: that's right, katie. a former classmate of hasan's has now come forward to say that two years ago when they were studying public health together hasan could get very hot about america's war on terror. >> he publicly declared that the global war on terror was a global war on islam. he was also very contentious and argumentative, became visibly upset when people challenged him
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on his views. >> reporter: investigators have locate add shooting range near fort hood where hasan practiced in his spare time, as well as the gun store where a few weeks ago he bought the murder weapon: a semiautomatic pistol which carries a clip of 20 r ringringringringringringringring ring ringringringringringringringring ringringringringringringringring ringringringringringringringring ringringringringringringring ringringringringringringringring ringringringringring
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>> the one thing that i would hope is not that there aren't rules s that need to be followed but along with that would come some compassion that maybe this
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person doesn't need condemnation maybe this person could stand a little help because i was at a time in my life when i needed help and if i had gotten the help, maybe things could have been a little easier and maybe i could have, you know, found a way. but when you... if you can get the help, then you can help others. you know, it could be just... just be a problem, you know? and i had a problem. and there might be many other athletes out there that test positive for reck reunited nationsal drugs that has a problem. so i would ask for some compassion. >> couric: you can see my exclusive interview with andre >> couric: you can see my exclusive it's monday,th andre some people will stick with their old way of getting vitamins and minerals. others will try incredible total raisin bran. with 100% of the daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals, juicy raisins and crunchy whole grain flakes. guess it's all about what kind of crunch you like. how are you getting 100%?
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source. >> look how well i work with children? >> couric: the star of a major motion picture whose character can't read at all. >> my name clareece precious jones. >> couric: but being illiterate is only part of her story. precious is poor, pregnant for the second time by her father, and physically and emotionally abused by her mother. >> you're a dummy. don't nobody want you, don't nobody need you! school ain't gonna help none! take your ass down to the welfare. >> it's sad. >> couric: it seems only fitting that a psychology major would understand the role. >> someone pointed out to me yesterday that i probably will touch more people with this film than i would ever as a therapist. and so i feel better now. i had to, like, saunter. >> couric: 26-year-old gabourey sidibe is hardly right out of central casting. but then again, not many plus-sized african american girls are. you are someone who is making it on the big screen who doesn't
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look like the girls in "us weekly." is it empowering? >> it's empowering. it's, like... as much confidence as i have there's still a fat little girl that lives inside of me because everyone told me that i wouldn't make anything of myself until i lost 100 pounds. >> couric: she was still attending college. in fact, she was cutting class when she delivered the awe dishes that brought a nationwide five-month casting call to a screeching halt. >> love raped me, beat me, call me an animal! make me feel worthless! >> within an hour i got a call for the callback, which was the next day. and it really was monday, tuesday, wednesday. movie star. that's my new tag line personally. >> we're defining your relationships right now. >> couric: director lee daniels says it was that not-so-quiet confidence that made him realize he'd been looking for precious in all the
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wrong places. >> i had interviewed over 400 girls. you know, i had gone to mcdonald's, i had gone to every place to look for that girl. and i realized that once i spoke to gabbie, if i hired any of those girls, i would have been exploiting those girls. because they were precious. >> couric: now gabbie says she hopes her newfound fame will help teach one of the most valuable lessons of all. >> knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey. >> couric: you can't judge a book by its cover. >> i hope that people can get past what i look like and what other people look like and see the heart and the soul of a person. >> couric: if you know someone who exemplifies the american spirit, go to and please let us know. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching this week. see you again on monday. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs we are learning more about the muslim with the local ties accused of that deadly shooting at ft. hood army base. right now hases is in the hospital. he's in a coma. and here's the latest. today officials told us that malik nadal hasan bought the gun at a texas gun store. on the street the 5.7- millimeter pistol is called a  cop killer because it fires rounds that pierce bull resistant vests. -- bullet resist stant vests. >> we get the latest from joel brown in ft. hood. they describe the scene of chaos and carnage. >> people

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